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UP to focus on improving rural health infrastructure

Durga Shanker Mishra

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

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Uttar Pradesh will now focus extensively on the upgradation of rural health centres to provide better health infrastructure. This was decided at a state level committee meeting, held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra on Friday. The committee presented the proposal regarding grant amount approved by the 15th Finance Commission, in which the proposal of Rs 179077.12 lakh was approved by the committee.

Addressing the committee, the Chief Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra said that construction of sub-centres, primary health centers and community health centers should be done according to the guidelines and standards of the Government of India by selecting suitable land near the highly populated areas. The funds allocated for the construction work should be transferred to the concerned departments at the earliest. Timelines should be set for completion of construction work on time with quality assurance. This will improve the health facilities available in rural areas. He said that along with the construction works, basic facilities should also be developed.

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Earlier in the meeting, it was informed that Rs 33,354.72 lakh will be allocated for sub-health centers (SHCs) without building, Rs 7610.24 lakh for Block Public Health Units (BPHU), Rs 21744.00 lakh for strengthening diagnostic infrastructure in sub-health centers, Rs.28153.00 for strengthening diagnostic infrastructure in primary health centers, Rural PHC and Rs.38733.75 lakh has been proposed for conversion of sub-centres into health and wellness centres, while Rs.7031.33 crore for strengthening diagnostic infrastructure in urban primary health centers and Rs.42450.08 lakh for urban health and wellness centres.

The meeting was attended by all senior officials of all concerned departments.

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